Meet Team Switchboard – Bruce Claggett, Managing Director

By Meet Team Switchboard – Bruce Claggett, Managing Director

November 1, 2021

Team Switchboard is made up of an incredible group of individuals who get it done. We’re excited for you to meet our fantastic team. Today, we’re featuring Bruce Claggett, our veteran industry expert.

Tell our audience a little about yourself in 50-100 words. (Hobbies, interests, work experience etc.)

Before coming to Switchboard, my career spanned 30 years of journalism as a newscaster, reporter, talkshow host, managing editor and instructor. People and stories – those are my big interests, especially when it comes to talking about those who are rethinking the norm. In my off-hours, I enjoy discovering new adventures (from food to travel) with my wife and pre-teen son. I’m also involved in the Canadian amateur radio community (HAM radio) with a group interested in using new digital technologies for communication when traditional infrastructure fails.

What do you love about working at Switchboard?

I’m with a team of talented, savvy and strategic thinkers who are leading experts in tech. They’re driven to identify risks and find solutions – the type of people who know no bounds when it comes to getting things done at the highest level.

What motivates you to work hard?

You have to believe in your work. For me, this is easy. Switchboard’s clients are the best of the best…true thinkers and innovators. That’s inspiring. 

What books are you reading right now or what’s your favourite book?

I’ve recently finished Sam Cooper’s Wilful Blindness. I’m always interested in books penned by journalists who have a deeper insight into the stories behind the story.

Tell us three interesting facts about yourself…

  1. I had a two-line speaking part opposite Kurt Russell in the film 3000 Miles to Graceland. A court bailiff – back when I didn’t have grey hair.
  2. I collect Vans (the shoes…not the vehicles) and have more than two dozen wild-patterned choices to wear
  3. In 2018, I spent eight days at Burning Man – alone in a tent on the Black Rock Playa in north eastern Nevada. Three sandstorms, limited water and a swack of interesting experiences as I rode a bike exploring wild forms of artistic expression.

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Charcuterie and a very good red wine. Why? – because this question didn’t mention calories or healthy choices.

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

I’d love to spend a day and night at the top of a mountain (during the summer) with a table of HAM radio equipment, making contacts with people around the world.

Besides the necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Silence – if only for a few moments – to reflect on all the things that are important to me.